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1946 FLIGHT ON THE TILES

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At Northolt airport, London, thick snow had built up on this Douglas DC-3’s fuselage and wings. It managed to take off, but was too heavy to gain height at the necessary rate. After just half a mile, the plane slammed into the top of two semi-detached houses on Angus Drive, Ruislip. The four crew and single passenger survived almost unscathed, and the occupants of the houses were unhurt. The pilot, Captain WJ Johnson, earned himself the nickname ‘Rooftops Johnson’.

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